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Diplomacy in Action

Sustainable Development


OES spearheads many partnerships and initiatives that advance our broad development goals of promoting economic growth, social development and environmental stewardship in such areas as forests, water, energy, climate, fisheries, and oceans management. These efforts provide a means by which the USG can reach out to the private sector, civil society, other governments, and multilateral organizations to find common ground with a focus on producing results.

Partnerships are one of main means through which OES seeks to achieve concrete results. For example, our energy partnerships have hooked up 13 million people with access to energy. Our water partnerships have provided 19 million people with better access to safe drinking water.

OES works bilaterally and multilaterally to promote the U.S. government's sustainable development agenda. Within the UN context, for example, OES leads the Department's efforts with the UN Commission on Sustainable Development.


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